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. meantime, a new rasmussen poll shows romney ahead of president obama following last week's debate 49 to 47%. president obama's performance in the debate was the subject of a the laughter last night prompted by the president himself. here is what he had to say after he took the stage the a fundraiser in california following some big names including stevie wonder and katie perry. >> they just performed flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. ay but here is the good news is we've got a better vision for our country. we have a better plan for the next four years. >> president obama will be campaigning in california again today. >>> also making headlines this morning, the meningitis outbreak continues to spread. >> the pharmacy linked to the outbreak makes a move it is calling a precautionary measure. details on that coming up next. >>> also ahead, he was convicted of crimes that shattered lives and left a legendary football program tarnished. tomorrow, jerry sandusky will learn his fate. fox 5 morning news back in a moment. [ barack obama ] i'm barack obama, and i approve th
it. so the jobs numbers probably helped slow the obama fall but now we move into another week people will be talking about biden, and then a couple of more with romney and obama. >> bill: yeah, i was surprised and impressed, i guess that obama proved -- so he didn't have a good night, we all know that, but i thought he bounced back pretty quickly the next day. he has been having a lot of fun with the big bird line. and it showed a lot of resilience, i thought, and as you point out the job numbers came on friday which gave him another little boost, cutting the impact of any romney bounce. >> yeah he has an incredible amount of fire and energy when it is his back up against the wall. >> bill: yeah. >> it's almost like he puts himself in positions like that so that he can get excited about politics again. he obviously didn't want to be on that stage, wednesday night. you could just tell he was like, god, 90 minutes. i'm just going to stand here for 90 minutes and let this guy say stuff, and then he sees that the entire nation is mocking him, and then he get
. >> all right. [laughter] president obama: during the last weeks of this campaign... there will be debates, speeches, and more ads. but if i could sit down with you, in your living room or... around the kitchen table, here's what i'd say. when i took office, we were losing nearleight thousand jobs a month, and were mired in iraq. today, i believe that as a nation we are... moving forward again. but we have much more to do to get folks back to work and... make the middle class secure again. now, governor romney believes that with even bigger... cux cuts for the wealthy, and fewer regulations... on wall street, all of us will prosper. in other words, he'd double down on the same trickle-down... policies that led to the crisis in the first place. so what's my plan? first, we creaeate a million new manufacturing jobs... and help businesses double their exports... give tax breaks to companies that... invest in america, not that ship jobs overseas. second, we cut our oil imports in half and produce more... american-made energy. oil, clean co
romney picked up momentum after last week's debate. obama is leading romney by just three points. romney's new strength has the obama campaign focusing on an attack plan. >> governor romney's central for $5c plan calls cut.lion tax- i don't have a $5 trillion tax cut. not telling the truth. >> romney does want to cut tax s that would reduce revenue years.rillion over 10 he said he would offset that by eliminating loopholes and deductions. has refused to say which ones, leaving him open to attack. mitt romney will deliver a today, and president policy.middle east tahman bradley, abc news. >> there was a hot debate on the weekend. commentator tv leaningreilly and left- host jon stewart faced off in a presidential debate on real issues at george washington .niversity demand was so high to see them that crashed the servers. be available for download. it's 43 degrees outside this monday morning. >> still ahead, it's a big day tomorrow for >> welcome back. i'm brian van de graaff. jacqui jeras is attending a conference. we should be in the low 70's this time of year. today we will be back in t
smart president obama: during the last weeks of this campaign... there will be debates, speeches, and more ads. but if i could sit down with you, in your living room or... around the kitchen table, here's what i'd say. when i took office, we were losing nearly eight hundred... thousand jobs a month, and were mired in iraq. today, i believe that as a nation we are... moving forward again. but we have much more to do to get folks back to work and... make the middle class secure again. now, governor romney bel bves that with even bigger... tax cuts for the wealthy, and fewer regulations... on wall street, all of us will prosper. in other words, he'd double down on the same trickle-down... policies that led to the crisis in the first place. so what's my plan? first, we create a million new manufacturing jobs... and help businesses double their exports... give tax brereaks to companies that... invest in america, not that ship jobs overseas. second, we cut our oil imports in half and produce more... american-made energy. oil, clean coal, natural gas... and new resour
that rob portman is very good at what he does and good at making obama -- last week, romney basically admitted to his supporters that portman had really made him angry in the preparations. he felt like throwing him out of the room at times. >> what are they doing amelia after tonight? neatly after tonight? >> romney spent the night in gender, but tomorrow we fly to virginia. he will meet up with paul ryan and have a rally in virginia on thursday night and then swing through florida before returning to virginia, or he is expected to make a foreign policy speech on monday. >> this is certainly -- this is the first social media debate. i am wondering about -- how your yahoo will be involved, live streaming, lots of ways to comment. ways people can comment as it is happening, share clips, create mash-ups of what is going on tonight. how are the campaign's harnessing this, or is it too early, and they will have to see how it plays out? >> both campaigns to put a lot of effort into social media this time. obvious lot -- the obama campaign has a lot of history in 2008. so much of their effor
republican presidential nominee mitt romney leading president obama following last week's debate. romney has the lead with 49% to president obama's 47%. romney will deliver a speech on foreign policy at virginia military institute today. president obama will be campaigning and fund raising in california. >>> virginia's two contenders for jim web's soon to be empty seat will be back in the spotlight today. democratic tim kaine and republican george allen will debate in richmond. this comes as a new poll of likely voters shows kaine pulling ahead. now 52% of voters picked kaine, 45% back allen. >>> developing this morning, the number of rare meningitis cases linked to a tainted steroid treatment has risen to 91, spanning nine states and killing seven. another case was reported in maryland this weekend, bringing the total there to three. 18 cases have been reported in virginia with one death in each state. the massachusetts pharmacy linked to the outbreak has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products. officials say anyone who received the steroid injection between july and september is a
barack obama put in this past week over the next 24 hours. what do you expect we'll see? >> some momentum for mitt romney in those national polls, the daily tracking national polls. he's definitely picked up. also has a lot more excitement with his crowds right now, and it seems like it's re-energized his campaign but what i'll watch are those polls in the key battleground states, places like ohio, virginia, florida, colorado. those have to start closing up for mitt romney, as well. so far they haven't, in fact, there is a new poll out this morning coming out of the university of denver showing barack obama maintains a four-point lead in colorado. >> and it is the battleground states where this race will be won. and lost. >> absolutely. >> very quickly, vice presidential race. any precedent for a vice presidential debate impacting the trajectory of a race? >> not -- probably one of the most serious debate moments ever is that debate moment where lloyd bentson took on dan quayle and said "you're no jack kennedy," but in the end george h.w. bush still won that race. >> george stephanopoulos
more than barack obama in the last five weeks of the campaign. get over it, yes, you may like barack obama more than me but he hasn't done the job. >> richard says barack obama needs to play it safe. you say, mitt romney, don't play it nice. that's an interesting summation of the debate strategies. i want to talk about vice president biden, a favorite subject for both of you. >> america loves joe biden. >> i love joe biden. he said something on the campaign trail something yesterday and the republicans were quick to pounce. let's listen to what he said. >> this is deadly earnest. how they can justify, how they can justify, raising attacks on the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts? >> and this is how paul ryan responded. >> i thought he was taking my speech. you know what? we agree. the middle class has been buried over the last four years. they're being buried by obama care, by borrowing, taxes, spending, more regulations, all this uncertainty plaguing businesses. the way to fix this is stop th
as they have done in the last week. president obama is a great debater. the way i recall it, brooke, in the last presidential campaign, debates were not president obama's strengths. in fact, he's a much better speechmaker than he is a debater. and don't forget, he hasn't debated an awful lot lately. when the president of the united states and you're in the oval office, people tend not to debate with you an awful lot. you live in the presidential bubble. he hasn't been on stage with other people challenging him. so in a way, he sort of has got to get used to this routine over and over again, where as mitt romney has been on a debate stage an awful lot of times. >> if i recall, you were in a lot of those debates, he's tough, he's no wallflower that mitt romney. what is his biggest challenge, though? going into wednesday? >> the biggest challenge, i think mitt romney has got to do a couple of things. they're at odds with each other. first thing goehe's got to do i take on president obama directly when it comes to policy. what he has to tell the voters is i've got a better plan for an e
obama and a five-point spread in one week in gallup. i know you will have scott rasmussen said in a few minutes. the race is two point advantage for romney, pulled ahead in virginia, and pulled ahead in florida and closed gap significantly in ohio. playing off fence at right time. you have to have a good october to be president. bill: you mentioned three big states. we'll get to that in 10 minutes time. kirsten, what do you think about the mo? is it now in mitt's favor? >> right now it is, yeah but i think you have to bear in mind this could shift again just as quickly if in the next debate president obama does very well. so i don't know that this is something that you should take as being, a permanent shift but it is definitely gotten mitt romney, back in the game i think before it was sort of drifting, the momentum was drifting toward obama. certainly if you looked at the battleground states and now you're seeing there is a battleground poll out today, they're neck-and-neck. so i think, a race is on what i would say. bill: i see. what rasmussen was saying last week. give me sunday mor
-making coming out of the obama camp regarding president obama's debate performance last week that blamed everything from the altitude, to the moderator. over the weekend i saw reports that they were now blaming john kerry for doing a poor job as a stand in for governor romney during their mock debate sessions. look, it wasn't just a bad debate for president obama, it's been a bad four years. he just doesn't have the issues or the facts on his side. we have 23 million americans who are struggling for work, we have 47 million americans of record on food stamps. one in six americans living in poverty. this obama economy has not worked for people and we can't afford another four years like the last four. bill: you know what democrats are saying, they are saying that mitt romney was lying. that's the word they are using. james kleinsberg talked about. others talked about fabricating issues. what does the romney team say about those charges? >> i'll tell you, bill, this is a very petulant and unpresidential response from the obama campaign team. i tell you the big difference in that debate as
ways, barack obama is the first president since george washington to be taking a step down into the oval office. >> we know that wind can make a cold day feel colder, but to national pride week a freezing day feel warmer? it seems to be the case because regardless of the final crowd number estimates, never have so many people shivers along with such joy. >> from above, even this sequel is ranking of humanity. >> in a way, obama standing about the country, about the world, a sort of god. ♪ >> i mean, didn't clint eastwood say bessie said well, we'll believed oprah was crying her well, now we are all crying. that's the problem. in 2012, very bitter loose change with our friends in the media. they still love all the same heroes and they still get hot flashes at night. i said this on my radio show the other day, but a lot of male journalist seemed positively post menopausal in their reaction to president obama. so this year we offer as our first award in our first nominee for the obama got some free finalists. our first nominee is a man whose infatuation with president obama
of the challenger yesterday in came rack cuss. >>> the focus of campaign 2012 turns to denver this week, the site of first presidential debate. mitt romney plans to campaign there tonight. >> he'll debate president obama three times in the coming weeks and there will also be one vice presidential debate, this as a new presidential poll out this morning has the president with a 51% to 44% lead over governor romney. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: more than 11,000 people packed a high school in las vegas sunday night to listen to president obama. >> with' win nevada again -- we'll win nevada again. >> reporter: it was the president's last scheduled appearance before the first presidential debate on wednesday. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: romney fit in another rehearsal after church in boston on sunday. he's been practicing since june. his running mate paul ryan says this will not be a defining moment. >> i don't think one event is going to make or break this campaign. >> reporter: but apparently not everyone got the memo to downplay expectations. >> thu
on middle income families. >> obama: now, five weeks before the election, he's saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> romney is saying he would push for tax relief is another flip-flop. from his statement a few weeks ago that we should not expect a huge cut in taxes if he's elected president. we'll do some fact checking for you in the next current news update. despite the lies and contradictions from romney, a new cnn poll says 67% of voters do think he won the debate. more bill press coming up after the break. stay with us. you're about to watch an ad message created by a current tv viewer for capella university. matter. education is the key. it is the vehicle. it's the way in which we evolve. every journey is different every possibility is unique. but the beginning, the beginning is my craft. i'm an ordinary person striving to achieve extraordinary things. it started with a dream and i'm on my way there. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >
speech in virginia today after spending the weekend drawing huge crowds in florida, and president obama is in california where last night he poked fun at his lack luster debate performance last week. he gave a nod to the performance at a star-studded event included stevie wonder and katy perry. >> they perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> the president is expected to raise more than $9 million during his two-day swing through california. >> and mitt romney has a big day. expected to elaborate a little more on his foreign policy, and he will speak to fill in more details as to that plan that he laid out a couple weeks ago, but that's going to happen around 11:00 eastern. >> and only 29 days left to go. but you have to wonder, too, with the 67 million people watching that debate, the race has gotten fighter and it's a fight to the finish. two weeks ago it was looking bad and bleak for romney and it is amazing how the wind has changed and romney has the wind at his back, and obama is scraping to get back into this thing, and the numbers since wednesday nigh
's debate performance last week. not as a strong showing, but as a political facade. one obama advisor called romney masterful and theatrical. >> mitt romney will say absolutely anything to get elected. and if somebody says absolutely anything to get elected, you have to wonder what they're going to say when they're president. >> we have a few more round to go in this fight. what we saw in the first round is a very energized performance. it was big bird meets the big lies. >> mr. romney vowed during the debate to cut federal funding to pbs. ergo the big bird. tonight the president said "governor romney plans to let wall street run wild again. but he's bringing the hammer down on sesame street." reporting live in the newsroom, jay korff. >> a developing story on another presidential election. that is playing out nearly 2,100 miles from washington, d.c. but being closely watched by a lot of people here in our area. venezuelans went to the polls to choose a president and within the last 20 minutes, the results were announced. tom has reaction. >
interesting story lines today and for the next two weeks is how does the obama campaign react to what happened last night in. >> oh, absolutely. >> we're going to find out. because maybe we're missing something. i can't figure it out. >> listen, i think they'll even admit, mika, that mitt romney had a great night, but they're going to go in. we're talking style here. >> i know. >> because that's what moves debates. they're going to pick apart everything mitt romney said. we're going to see it on 30-second ads. >> and all their inconsistencies. a lot of them. >> there's a lot to pick at now because there's much more specificity on the table, and some of the things romney said last night are vulnerable to attack in new ways, new and effective ways for the president. >> too bad he wasn't attacked last night. joe klein, thank you very much. >> thank you, joe. >>> ahead, chuck todd will join us from the debate site in denver. coming up, senior adviser to the obama campaign, david axelrod. and in a few minutes, senior adviser to the romney campaign, ed gillespie. keep it right here on "morning joe."
chris stevens and three other americans were killed three weeks ago. critics argue the obama administration was not prepared for the violence. secretary of state clinton says she's determined to find out if any security requests were denied. >> now to some disturbing medical news. more than two dozen people in five states have become ill in a meningitis outbreak. four of those people have died and more case are expected. all of them have taken steroid injections to treat back pain. doctors say those steroids made in massachusetts were contaminated. this type of fungal meningitis is not contagious. >> baseball's regular season ended last night. the detroit tiger's miguel cabrera made history. he led the american league in home runs, runs batted in. jim axelrod has been following this. jim, good morning. >> reporter: once in a generation might actually be underselling it. this hasn't been done in 45 years. miguel cabrera is now taking his place alongside some of the greatest names in baseball history. >> getting ready to hit third in this inning. >> reporter: he could have sat
your fear of the word "terrorism." obama, the white house, his whole foreign policy team, they're dealing with a completely bizarre scandal related to the attacks in benghazi, driven by the fact that they spent a week after they knew this was probably a terrorist attack insisting that it was all about an anti-muslim voe and had very little to do with terror. i'm not sure what their theory is. it's part of a broader pattern where the obama white house wants to continue george w. bush's anti-terror policies, even expand them in terms of drone strikes and so on without completely acknowledging what they're doing. but in this case, it's made them look ridiculous. it seems unnecessary. >> i've lived in the middle east and in libya. and nothing that you see is as it seems. you don't have any idea who these people r. they showed up with grenade launch easy and sophisticated weapons. but in libya today, everybody's got some. >> that's fine. you don't even have to say, this is definitely terrorism. you just don't spend a week saying, well, it's all about this video that was made in sout
. straight ahead, it was a huge week, a huge part of the debate. president obama claiming mitt romney wants a $5 trillion tax cut. but romney denied that. who is telling the truth? a political panel is here just in time and they did the math. >> steve: yes, they are. and the duck dynasty back for a new season. first, america's favorite hunting family will be here live on the curvy couch. stick around. you're watching "fox & friends" for a busy friday hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios and those well grounded. for what's around this corner... and the next. there's cash flow options from pnc. solutions to help businesses like yours accelerate receivables, manage payments, and help ensure access to credit. because we know how important cash flow is to reaching your goals. pnc bank. for the achiever in you. >> gretchen: one of the biggest sources of contention at the presidential debate claims of a $5 trillion tax cut. >> governor romney's proposal that he's
. president barack obama, governor mitt romney get ready to square off at this week's debate. >>> plus a couple of big surprises from arnold schwarzenegger. he talks candidly about his love child, and the gay marriages he performed while governor of california. >> and so much more. and an epic fail by the united states. after being up by a significant lead, the guys in the ryder cup lose big time. a re-enactment by john berman coming up. >> this is what i was doing yesterday. oh. oh. >> for shame. >> it was awful. awful. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start" i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> and i'm john berman. sad about the ryder cup but happy to be in washington this morning. it is 6:00 a.m. in the east. up first this morning we are counting down to the showdown in denver. president obama and mitt romney preparing to square off wednesday night in the first of three critical presidential debates. both sides are falling all over each other to praise the other candidate to lower expectations for their own candidate, except for one guy, new jersey governor chris christi
to the end of the race. president barack obama and governor mitt romney get ready for a face-off at this week's first debate. >>> plus a couple of big surprises from arnold schwarzenegger who talks candidly about his childhood and the housekeeper. >>> and an epic fail by the united states. after being up for a significant lead, the guys in the ryder cup lose big, berman. >> it was a disaster. complete meltdown. well, still, good morning. and welcome to october, everyone. this is "early start." i'm john berman in washington this morning. >> and i'm sir riesirita simon. >>> president barack obama and mitt romney square off wednesday night in denver. both trying to lower expectations practically gushing over one another, but new jersey governor chris christie is going against the grain and setting the bar high for the republican nominee. >>er time mitt romney has been confronted in this campaign with one of these moments, he has come through in a debate and performed extraordinarily well laying out his vision very clearly and also contrasting himself with his vision with hoomp his opponent was a
-have accessory. lean cuisine. be culinary chic. ♪ >>> for the past week, both mitt romney and president obama, have you noticed this? they've been trying to lower expectations for their debate performance by insisting that they're not great debaters. based on some of their past debates, tomorrow could look like this. >> the -- uh -- >> i -- i don't want to -- >> let me just make a couple of points. my -- here's -- >> i hope they either take off the ad or make it correct. >> look, let's just be clear. >> we hired a lawn company to mow our lawn. >> as i said before -- >> and with my wife, we've, uh -- >> we have -- >> but what -- um, let's see. um -- uh, we could start with his idea to have a lunar colony that would mine minerals from the moon. >> you said that, uh -- let me just make a closing point. that made no sense whatsoever. >> can you imagine if somebody did that to us? >> uh, uh, uh -- >> no. you know what? >> that was funny. >> look at that. welcome back to "morning joe." sam stein and mark mckinnon are still with us here in washington along with mike barnicle in new york. mike, are y
and death squad leaders coming to this country. for instance, last week, obama refused to extradite an ex- dictator of libya wanted by the bolivian people because of how many people he killed. obama refused to extradite him. and there was a ex-mexican president who killed a bunch of his own people in the 1990's, and he is now living here, like so many other dictators, and they are refusing for him to be tried for his crimes either. [applause] >> bill enyart? >> thank you. three years ago, when i was serving as the commander of the illinois national guard, center durbin contacted me. he had introduced the dream act. senator durbin ask me if i would endorse the dream act for him. i said, well, senator, i do not know. the me take a look at it and see what it says. one of the provisions in the dream act his if someone enters the military service, takes that oath to defend our country, our constitution, then that person gets an expedited group to citizenship. -- route i thought, if someone g to take that oath, willing to defend our country, willing to put their life on the line for our freedom
.m. right here and it will be followed by a special edition of ktvu news. >>> president obama has announced plans to visit kern county next week to establish the cesar chavez monument. it will be located where chavez once lived. the president says the national monument would preserve chavez's legacy of giving a voice to workers. >>> :17 -- >>> 7:16. the "new york times" reports that the u.s. generals in afghanistan have all but given up hope that they can work out a deal. they are counting on the afghan government to work on an agreement once forces leave the area. the government of pakistan approves any peace deal. back here at home, according to a new report, the average american household is facing a $3500 tax increase if congress fails to avoid what's called a looming fiscal cliff. that's according to the tax policy center. automatic tax hikes and spending cuts are due to take effect in january if congress doesn't work out a deal. but the congress reports that u.s. senators are working on a plan that would put off the increases and deal with the deficit program. lawmakers say no action
-- supporting women -- are much more popular than mitt romney's policies. i think that the obama team is going to double down on that over the next few weeks. >> brett, your reaction to that? >> well, you know, on wednesday night, those policies didn't look so good. a debate's about a competition of ideas, especially a political debate. so the president's got to be able to defend those policies if they truly are superior, and on wednesday night he didn't do a very good job of doing that. >> columnist david brooks and peggy noonan praised romney's performance after its missteps in recent weeks. brooks writing this. romney finally emerged from the fog and at long last began the process of offering a more authentic version of himself. noonan wrote this, america got its first sustained look at the good and competent mr. romney. how much do you think does the public support of leading conservaves like the two of them help romney, not just with republicans but with undecided voters? >> i think it helped some, but the person who helped governor romney most was governor romney. on wednesday night, he
the last week, has been a softer tone. they haven't wanted to be as confrontational with president obama. you have this line that mitt romney has been saying now throughout the entire, you know, election, president obama's a really nice guy, he's in over his head. i don't think that's the right attitude to take into the debate. i think he'll have to be aggressive. he'll have to be confrontational. doesn't mean he has to be nasty. there's a difference, but he has to be very aggressive, look like he's being aggressive to the viewers. >> greta: when he says he's over his head, that's a little condescending, that kind of thing. i think he'd be better saying he's wrong. >> well, either way. he has to seize this moment entirely. think back to those debates. how often did each of those candidates say, i want to be the guy who stands on the stage debating the president? if he can deliver a very strong attack against him, i don't see why that wouldn't bring republicans, anyone upset with the president with romney. he has to take full of that opportunity. there are republicans who dream of the opp
, crunch time for the presidential candidates as they head into this week's debate. running a tight race, our new poll shows president obama running a two-point lead over mitt romney. ahead of wednesday night's face-off. the president now in nevada preparing for the debate. mitt romney rehearsing in manages mis. both campaigns are downplaying expectations. >>> and a deadly day in afghanistan. three american troops killed this morning in a suicide bombing just one day after a very grim milestone there. now more than 2,000 u.s. troops have been killed in the war. >>> and a daring rescue caught on camera in texas. you can see the suv there sburs flames after the driver lost control and crashed. but then the driver of a passing car stops, risking his own life, pulling that driver out on to the parking lot. and great news today, the man okay this morning. >>> and u.s. agriculture experts say the concerns about a widespread bacon shortage in coming months are pure -- hogwash. the american farm bureau federation now says that pork supplies will just decrease only slightly over the next few mont
because we have a presidential election six weeks ago -- six weeks from now in which whoever, whether's obama, romney, they're going to have to sit there, and this is what they're going to be spending your time on. yes, young man. >> hi. um, i just -- oh, 13. >> thank you. >> i just wanted to say, first of all, that i am right in the middle of the price of politics, i'm in the middle of chapter 20, so it's an incredible book, so thank you very much for writing it. >> i know lots of adults who can't read it. [laughter] >> thank you. so, um, my question is, um, i'm at the end of middle school, and i want to become a journalist when i grow up, so -- [applause] okay. so you have had an incredible career, and you're one of my idols, so i just wanted to ask you, um, any tips for young people like me who want to become a journalist and want to see the world? [applause] >> you've chosen, perhaps prematurely -- [laughter] a great career. i've often said if somebody came from another planet to the united states to spend a year and they went back to, say, mars and they said who are the people th
with a little bit, as his position has been changing just in the past couple of weeks. on medicare, the republicans had been ahead or even even with the democrats not long ago. but today president obama leads on medicare by 12 points. leads on medicare by even more than he's ahead on health care in general. it's also interesting that the president's middle east numbers, specifically, is ten points higher than his advantage over mr. romney on the broad issue of foreign policy. and then we get into some real contested ground. the president is favored on the issue of taxes, but on the generic question of who would be better trusted to handle the economy, mr. romney leads by three. on the deficit, mr. romney leads by nine. on all of these issues, that's the one on which he has the strongest trust from voters as compared with president obama. and that confidence in mr. romney on the deficit turns up not just in the nbc/"wall street journal" poll, but in a lot of national polls. even though he hasn't given a lot of details as to how he would handle the deficit as an issue. the bottom lin
presidential in that group. we'll see how he does next to president obama which i think is a little bit different. >> yeah. >> that ohio poll is interesting because the cbs one we had last week had it at ten points. now we have another one showing it at nine points. if you start to look at the map, if he doesn't take iowa, if it gets away from him, it becomes difficult to put a puzzle together to win. >> by the way, there has been this narrative that there is the grand conspiracy and that the polls are skewed. this is what walter mondale said in 1984. this is what said in 2004, that all the polls were skewed against john kerry and said you just wait. and now you're hearing it frantically on the other side, which ironically, again, they are putting fox news in the grand conspiracy. >> what about the conference call today that we have to plan and organize? >> exactly. my point is here we've got a couple of local polls that are showing this, and more importantly, and you guys talk to the romney people all the time. i certainly talk to them all the time. i can tell you
% number. that's something that the obama campaign has spent over $3 million advertising about over the last two weeks. no mention of that. no mention of bain capital. no mention of the tax returns. no mention of outsourcing. and so it seems to me that the president is going to have to look for opportunities, which by the way i think mitt romney handed him last night, but he just didn't seem to hear them. >> he wasn't either prepared or didn't want to get into that kind of debate. >> right. >> so what did romney do last night that we probably haven't seen before? >> well, i think he managed to do a couple of things really well. and i want to play this one bite for you then we can talk about it. >> i just don't know how the president could have come into office facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for obama care instead of fighting for jobs for the american people. it has killed jobs. >> the big thing he did is that he seemed to be able to relate almost every answer t
a better plan to turn this economy around. weeks of preparation will be tested on this stage in just a matter of hours. president obama and governor romney have talked tough on the campaign trail. but how will their approach change when the competition is standing just a few feet away. >> governor romney has to make the debate about the president's economic policies an he's gotta connect those to the economic conditions we're in now. the president has to deflect from that. >> reporter: both sides are trying to lower expectations. romney told supporters at a recent campaign stop that the debate is not about winning. >> this is gonna be the opportunity for mitt romney to talk to the american people and tell him about his plan for the next four years. >> reporter: on the other  side, obama advisers are spinning, reminding voters that the president's day job has interfered with practice sessions. >> the president has had to cut back some of his prep because of his job as president. >> reporter: both candidates know that every question counts -- question counts and fumbles could be cos
last week, by monday, both were into full debate prep mode. the president in nevada, mitt romney in boston. >> if i become president -- no, when i become president -- >> reporter: the new poll shows president obama leading mitt romney 49 to 47% nationally among likely voters. >> it is a tight race, a very tight race. >> reporter: the poll asked who would do a better job on budgeting and spending, romney beat the president 50 to 43%. >> when it gets down to the ballot, although he is ahead on the most important factor, he is behind because of the likability factor. >> reporter: kennedy says the president still needs to make his case to close the deal. >> i think the thing that obama needs to accomplish is that he needs to show people he has a plan to grow the economy. >> reporter: while the campaigns are downplaying debate expectations. >> governor romney, he is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: what is not debatable is the interest. the live audience is invitation only so that means the tv audience is expected to be in the millions. now, between the two candidates, mitt
higher, s&p 500 will open up higher as well. we've got a busy week ahead on the first day of october and the fourth quarter, first day of the new supreme court term and the first debate between president obama and gop challenger mitt romney, that's set for wednesday and wall street looking ahead to the september employment report, that's due out on friday morning. the international air transport association raised its industry profit forecast, expecting the airlines to make $4.1 billion, up from an earlier forecast of $3 billion but considerably less than last year's $8.4 billion figure. >>> general motors is recalling almost 41,000 cars sold in warm weather states, the recall is due to a plastic part that could crack and cause a fuel leak, the chevy cobalt and equinox and pontiac g5 and torrant suv sold through 2007-2009. >>> we'll go back to ross in a second but we are indicated higher here because of what's happening there, and i don't know if there's no riots, maybe that's it or it could be what we already talked about. >> the ryder cup victory? >> there were no french guys on th
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